In a bid to provide relief to parents amid the lockdown, the Gujarat government on Monday has asked school managements not to raise fees for the upcoming academic year starting June.
The school managements have been also asked to allow staggered payment of fees for the months of March, April, and May during the June to November period. Parents will also have the option of monthly payment of fees apart from quarterly instalments and the schools cannot exert pressure for one-time full payment of fees.
Secretary to chief minister Ashwini Kumar said: “There is a relief for parents in the state. In a meeting held by education minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasma with the representatives of “Shala sanchalak mandal” (school management association) on Sunday, it has been decided that no school will increase its fees in the upcoming academic year”.
He also said the order regarding the fees will be binding on all schools in the state including private and self-financed ones.
Apart from this, Kumar also announced that the central evaluation process of answer sheets of classes 10 and 12 of the Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board will commence from April 16. The official said necessary precautions will be taken for teachers evaluating the answer sheets amid the coronavirus pandemic and the board will take care of the logistical requirements for the same.
Also, he said college and university vacations for students and staff members will be from April 15 to May 16. The decision to conduct college and university examinations will be taken as per the directives of the University Grants Commission (UGC) and All Indian Council for Technical Education (AICTE).